Friday, November 10, 2006

Evolution versus Creation

Evolution versus Creation

Many soldiers that served in the Second World War (WW2) carried cameras.  Of course, they took pictures at every opportunity they had.  Perhaps what we can witness now of WW2 came out of the cameras of one of these soldiers. Many of the sad realities of war were printed on the film of who knows how many cameras.  After the war was over, it is said that a General approached some soldiers who were witnessing the bodies and corpses of Holocaust Jews, and allegedly said, "Boys, take pictures of what you see today.  Make sure that in the future no one will forget.  I believe in the future many will deny this ever happened.  Your pictures will speak out against them."  The General was right.  Many revisionists now claim that the Holocaust either never happened or was not as bad as it was reported.  Many claim the photos were fabrications for propaganda.  However, the pictures speak louder than their words.  (Not all revisionism is bad.  Some of it has brought truth to light.)

Years after the flood many doubted the account as truthful.  Sister White says that many of the dwellers of the pain of Shinar "denied the existence of God and attributed the Flood to the operation of natural causes. Others believed in a Supreme Being, and that it was He who had destroyed the antediluvian world…" (Patriarchs and Prophets, page 119).  These "revisionists" joined those who wanted to build the Tower of Babel.  Two of the reasons for building the Tower were, so that the "top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth" (Genesis 11:4).  Indeed, "The whole undertaking was designed to exalt still further the pride of its projectors and to turn the minds of future generations away from God and lead them into idolatry"  (Patriarchs and Prophets, page 119). 

Our generation is no different.  Perhaps the author of the lesson describes our generation best,

"Science has proposed a geological interpretation that favors long ages, rather than a sudden catastrophe like the Flood, to account for the surface condition of the earth. In other words, things just keep on as they have before; many of the massive canyons and rock formations didn't come, we are told, by some sudden catastrophe but simply were the result of things continuing as they were from the beginning of creation; they're there only from a long uniform progression of events." 

Many disbelieve that anything can be created or "made of things which do appear" (Hebrews 11:3).  The also believe that for creation to be true it must be immediate.  But, they do not believe in immediate creation, so therefore they do not believe in a God that can create things immediately and out of things not previously seen.  They decry the flood as a myth or fable.  Perhaps these are part of the people Peter talks about in 2 Peter 3: 4,

2 Peter 3: 4  And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.

The evolutionists are akin the WW2 revisionists. The revisionists say, "The Holocaust did not happened," and the evolutionists say, "The Flood never happened."  Are you an evolutionist or a creationist?  A creationist believes that the Word of God has power to create.  A creationist believes Jesus is God and that when He spoke "the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life."  So, Christ was God in the flesh and His words had power to create.  When Christ spoke a miracle it happened, immediately.  When Christ said to anyone "your faith has saved you," this was true immediately.  When Christ said to anyone, "Your Sins are forgiven," it was true immediately.  This is what a Creationist believes. 

Are you a creationist?  Do you believe that the Word of God says to you that "your Sins are forgiven?"   You have read your Bible you are a Christian and a creationist your answer is, "Yes.  The Bible does say that."    Do you believe the Word of God speaks to you?  Again, you are a Christian and a Creationist, you say, "Yes, the Bible speaks to me."  Now, do you believe that if God in His Word tells you right now, "your Sins are forgiven," at this very moment you are forgiven?  Now watch it, you said that the Word of God is life, and when this Word is said it is true immediately.  An evolutionist does not believe the Word of God is true, let alone immediately. 

This is a matter to be considered prayerfully.  Many doubt the Word of God, while claiming to live by it.  Those that do are revisionists and evolutionists.  But, there is hope.  We all have been revisionists and evolutionists.  Consider the helpless and hopeless father of the demon possessed child in Mark 9.  He pleads with Jesus in verse 22, "if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us."  The "if" does not show much belief or faith.  Christ knowing this, answers to the man in verse 23, "If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth."  The father realizing his weakness casts himself upon the mercy of Jesus and cries out to Him in verse 24, "… Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief." 

Let this father be an example to all of us when we feel helpless and hopeless or when sorrow and guilt weight us down.  When it is hard to believe and easy to lack faith, let this father's story, help us all remember, that Jesus does not cast us away. That is, however, if we look at Jesus and not ourselves or those around us, if we cast ourselves at the mercy of Jesus, He will receive us as He received this father.  If only we, as this man, confess our weakness and our need, "Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief."

Raul Diaz